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Wednesday, 7 October 2015

RTC - Run The Code

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RTC - Run the code (aka. RTFC)

My humble contribution to the agile testing methodologies. It may sound a little controversial at first but hang in there.

The basic principle is simple, it consists of actually running the code you have developed or changed as well as mocking it to death and testing it in isolation. Although better in an integration test form, RTFC may merely be programming a little scenario to mimic the production, or it may even be deploying your change to some environment, running it and having a look.

Equipped with this new terminology, you can have conversations like below with your colleagues.

- Colleague: I have finished that jira, it is all checked-in sparkling and brilliantly shining.
- You: Does it run?
- Colleague: (looking puzzled) It passes the tests?
- You: Did you RTFC?


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